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January 18, 2010

Burka Not Welcome in Europe

Where are all the feminists?

While Western feminists wring their hands over the finer points of sexism and misogyny so prevalent in the patriarchy, as they do here, they are entirely AWOL as the symbol of Muslim female oppression–the burka–becomes ubiquitous in Western European cities.  Not so much as a peep out of them.  Meanwhile, some governments and politicians are bypassing the Vagina Warriors entirely and taking matters into their own hands.

The UK Independence Party is to launch a controversial bid to woo voters by unveiling a policy to ban the Muslim burka and the niqab.  The party backs the view that the burka, the cloak that covers Muslim women from head to toe, and the niqab, a veil covering the head, are an affront to British values.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will announce tomorrow that the fabric of British society is under threat for Sharia law and concealing women’s faces in public is not compatible with traditional British freedoms and values. Mr Farage, who stood down last year to fight the Buckingham seat of Parliamentary Speaker John Bercow at the general election, told The Times: ‘UKIP has always been good at showing what it is against, but we are now trying to demonstrate to voters how an independent Britain would be governed.

I am going to be talking about Britishness, about the national identity and the genuine threat that Sharia law poses.  ‘Alarm bells should have sounded when the Archbishop of Canterbury said that the adoption of Sharia law in the UK was unavoidable.’

‘It isn’t right that you can’t see someone’s face in an airport.  ‘We are not Muslim bashing, but this is incompatible with Britain’s values of freedom and democracy.’ The party plans to build towards an election footing with further announcements over the next two months on transport, healthcare, welfare and tax.

More rightwing populism in the UK, here.

A niqab wearer in Marseille

And in France:

[French President] Nicolas Sarkozy last night threw his weight behind moves to ban the full Islamic veil in France, calling for an “unambiguous” parliamentary resolution against an item of clothing he said was “not welcome” in a country which valued sexual equality.

Last night Sarkozy, who has been accused of unleashing a storm of hostile sentiment towards France’s six million Muslims through a “great debate” on national identity, endeavoured to reassure his critics that his dislike of the burka was motivated by love of his nation’s principles rather than racism.

“The full veil is not welcome in France because it runs contrary to our values and contrary to the idea we have of a woman’s dignity,” he said, while cautioning against an extreme move that would further alienate a section of society.

“Let us undertake not to give opponents of democracy, dignity and sexual equality the chance for a victory which would put our society in a very difficult situation,” he said, adding it was “essential that no one felt stigmatised”.

It is thought that only about 2,000 women in France wear the full veil. Although making clear its opposition to the burka itself, the Socialist party came out last week against a ban, saying it would be counter-productive and opportunistic.

And from the rabid Right in little Denmark, with some help from a few on the Left:

“We don’t want to see burqas in Denmark. We simply can’t accept that some of our citizens walk around with their faces covered,” Naser Khader, a Danish member of parliament of Syrian-Palestinian extraction who was recently appointed spokesman for integration issues for the Conservative Party, told the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.In comments published on Sunday, Khader said the burqa is un-Danish and oppressive towards women and should be completely banned. He and his party say that what people do in their own homes is their business, but as soon as they walk into the public domain, one should be able to see their faces.

The Danish People’s Party and the Social Democratic Party have welcomed the proposal, while the Liberal Party, which is the senior partner in Denmark’s coalition government, rejects the idea of legislating about citizens’ clothing, provided they are not employed in a public function.

“It’s going too far if we start legislating on what sort of clothes people can and cannot wear. The burqa and covered faces should not be allowed if you work with people in the public sector — but that is where we draw the line,” says Liberal Party political spokesman Peter Christensen, who adds that it is important that politicians know where to draw the line in introducing policy.

Khader, however, says a ban is the only solution. “My view is that (the burqa) is not Islamic at all,” Khader says. “The modern burqa was introduced by the Taliban when the movement came to power.  So I associate the burqa with the Taliban.”

I am pleased that some are starting to see the oppression of women that is the norm in cultural Islam is not something that we should accept in the West in the name of “multiculturalism.”  Integrating other cultures into our own should ideally be for the purpose of enriching it, not degrading it.  And they should adapt to us, not us to them.  It’s also encouraging that some on the Left are beginning to feel their oats on the matter, even if it’s only baby steps they’re willing to take.  But we don’t have all the time in the world, folks.  The longer we take, the harder it will be to take a stand, and the more damaging to cultural harmony it’ll become.  Now is the time.  Meanwhile, our feminists continue to anguish over the things that really matter. On second thought, that burka would look awfully fetching on a Vagina Warrior!



  1. The French are starting to respond to the immigration issue:

    The question is, how does is sit with you? The problem is one thing the response feels, well, pretty nervy.

    Is this what it will come to, and is this the future of America?

    Comment by paleocon — January 18, 2010 @ 08:33

  2. All of this sits very uncomfortably with me. But this is what it’s come to. Yet notice in that article the worst examples they offer so far aren’t racism, but over-zealous red tape (Sophie Giraud and Eric Naulleau are European names). That’s not so terrible. And then in the last paragraph it becomes clear what their real concern is- “conservatives are trying to stoke nationalist sentiment to gain the support of right-wing voters.”

    Nationalist sentiment is anathema to Leftwing power. And that’s their real concern. So while it’s ok for these Leftists to turn the continent into Eurabia in order to stick it to the Right and make their arguments obsolete, it’s not ok for the Right to “stoke” nationalist sentiment because it makes the Left obsolete. This is how I see this struggle. This, in short, is why I utterly reject my own Leftist past. They forced me choose between my religion and them; they forced me to choose between my culture and them. They forced me to choose between my values and them. And they’re forcing the French to choose between their nationality and them.

    It won’t be long for the Left to make itself entirely irrelevant given the choices they are forcing the West to make. The problem is that it’s not happenning soon enough.

    Comment by Jesusland — January 18, 2010 @ 09:28

  3. Nationalist sentiment is anathema to Leftwing power.

    There is, of course, very good reason for this. The dream of Democratic Christian Empires came toppling down with the fiasco of WW1 and its extension WW2. The questions of ‘outsider’ and the ‘true face of nationalism’ during the 50-70’s was the response.

    What does ‘nationalism’ look like after the deluge? I think it will be important to show that, yes, lessons have been learned, BUT the radical deconstruction of the civilization that allows for this very dialogue cannot continue.

    We cannot have a return to ‘nationalism’ without that. We need a kind of Truth and Reconciliation or else this Cultural Cold War and American Cold Civil War will get hot –fast.

    Comment by paleocon — January 18, 2010 @ 13:19

  4. If you are interested read an exclusive interview with Mr Farage at Gaps In The Dialogue


    Comment by Joe Dyke — January 18, 2010 @ 20:12

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